Dick DeBolt provided key information crucial to the development of the North American Trials Council’s National Series.
During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s it was not certain that American trials riders were willing to travel to ride a series spread all over the country. Dick led the Michigan Ontario Trials Association to organize two events on successive years, The North American Trials Championships. These events were a superb success and attracted riders from all over the country. This demonstrated that trials riders were eager to travel and that the travel would be greatly facilitated by the development of the Interstate Highway System.
DeBolt was an important founding member of the NATC. Under his leadership, the Michigan Ontario group hosted two successful rounds as the national trials series developed. Of even more importance was their highly-praised round of the world trials championship. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Dick DeBolt’s organizing leadership with the early North American Trials Championships, his success in hosting one of the early rounds of the World trials championship, and his wisdom in the formation of the NATC.
Dick DeBolt was the clerk of the course for the 1977 Wagner Cup held in Port Huron, MI. While Charles Coutard (FRA) was the winner, USA's Marland Whaley and Mike Griffitts were 2nd and 3rd.
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